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550 children in Taiz are given birth certificates in three days

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European Union

As the school year begins, children in Al Mokha are smiling twice. In addition to registering at school, this week many are also being given a birth certificate for the first time. "With my green birth certificate I can now study and learn and become a teacher, inshallah", said Najma, a 7 year old girl at Al Shadeli School.
Birth certificates are one of the most basic of human rights.

Without them, healthcare, education, social protection and services are often impossible to access. Without birth certificates, children have no legal identity and are therefore invisible.

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Southern Movement forms new supreme council

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Yemen Times

Ali Abulohoom (author)

ADEN, Oct. 27—The Southern Movement held a press conference in Aden on Sunday, announcing that the movement’s two existing councils have been merged into one, representing all southerners.

The new council is called “The Supreme Council of the Revolutionary and Peaceful Southern Movement.”

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 22–28 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Checkpoint Children: Armed Houthis under 18

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Yemen Times

Mohammad Al-Khayat (author)

On the outskirts of Sana’a, specifically in Jaref area, the Yemen Times has witnessed many young Houthis at checkpoints since Sept. 21 who appear to be children. Wearing military jackets on top of their thawbs (traditional one-piece garment) and carrying their weapons—decorated with Houthi stickers—they search cars and question passengers.

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief, October 2014

Food shortages and weak purchasing power will limit food availability and access, particularly for the urban poor and for households with ill or deceased family members, in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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How aid is changing lives for the better

14.7 million people in Yemen need help – making it one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world. Despite challenges, humanitarian organisations continue to reach those in need.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 25 - October 2014

Global Highlights

  • During the third quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 13% year-on-year, down by 11% compared to the previous quarter.

  • Real prices of maize have fallen by almost a third since last year. They are down 18% from Q2-2014, reaching levels seen in early 2010.

  • Real prices of wheat dropped by 18% from Q2 to Q3-2014, falling to mid-2010 levels.

  • Real prices of rice are up 7% since Q2-2014.

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Finland grants almost 16 million euros in humanitarian aid - the greater part of it to Syria and the Central African Republic

Press release 237/2014

In its autumn distribution of humanitarian aid, Finland has granted 15.7 million euros for the worst crisis sites. Many of these targets are seriously underfunded and have gone unnoticed because of other crises ongoing at the same time. Development Minister Sirpa Paatero made a decision on the matter on the international United Nations Day, 24 October.

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Islamic help assists IDPs in al-jawf

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Yemen Times

Bassam Al-Khameri (author)

SANA’A, Oct. 21—The Islamic Help Organization launched a relief program on Tuesday serving internally displaced persons (IDPs) in five districts of Al-Jawf governorate.

Hadi Al-Aka, the Islamic Relief’s coordinator in Al-Jawf, told Yemen Times that the Islamic Relief program, funded by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has provided non-food items (NFIs) and water filters to a total of 1,000 displaced families in Al-Mutoon, Al-Hazm, Al-Khalaq, Al-Ghail and Al-Masloob districts.

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Supported by the United Nations and the World Bank Group: Yemeni Government and partners validate roadmap to improve rural livelihoods and employment for women, youth and marginalized groups

Sana’a, the Government of Yemen requested support from the United Nations to accelerate progress on reducing poverty. Under a joint leadership by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Local Administration, partners and stakeholders have since August this year worked to identify bottlenecks hindering development. Through participatory consultations, a tool developed by UNDP and adopted by the United Nations Development Group known as the MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) has been applied.

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Yemen Situation Report 01-15 October 2014

Highlights

  • In October, WFP is targeting 1,475,000 beneficiaries: 44,500 under Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200305 and 1,430,500 under PRRO 200636.

Situation Update

  • Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab region and is the 7th most food-insecure country in the world. According to the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, 14.7 million people, more than half of the Yemeni population, require humanitarian assistance in 2014. These needs remain largely unchanged from 2013.

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Houthi rebels pursue offensive against news media

A month after seizing the capital, Sanaa, and despite having signed a peace accord under UN aegis, Yemen’s Houthi rebels are continuing to advance on the centre and south of the country, occupying the headquarters of news media on the way and arresting or kidnapping journalists.

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Protection of Refugee Children: In the Middle East and North Africa

Refugee children in the region suffer immensely as a result of conflict and displacement. The number of refugees has doubled in the last four years and more than half are children.

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South Yemen separatists pledge to intensify protests

Aden, Yémen | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 12:58 GMT

Southern Yemeni separatists pledged Thursday to escalate protests demanding secession, as northern Shiite rebels vie to expand their control over more of the impoverished country.

The country continues to reel under the impact of the rebel expansion, after they overran the capital last month and seized a major port city unopposed, before clashing with Sunni tribes and Al-Qaeda south of Sanaa.

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Clashes over Rada’a city

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Yemen Times

SANA’A, Oct. 22—Clashes between the Houthis and alleged Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants are still ongoing in Rada’a district of Al-Baida governorate.

Houthis control most of Rada’a city, but alleged AQAP members are besieging the city to prevent Houthi reinforcements from entering, Mohammed Hussein, a tribal sheikh in Rada’a city, told the Yemen Times.

On Tuesday evening, clashes broke out between alleged AQAP members and Houthis, lasting until Wednesday and leaving an unknown number of casualties from both sides, Hussein said.

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Islamic Relief assists IDPs in Al-Jawf

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Yemen Times

Bassam Al-Khameri (author)

SANA’A, Oct. 21—The Islamic Relief Organization launched a relief program on Tuesday serving internally displaced persons (IDPs) in five districts of Al-Jawf governorate.

Hadi Al-Aka, the Islamic Relief’s coordinator in Al-Jawf, told the state-run Saba News Agency that the Islamic Relief program, funded by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has provided non-food items (NFIs) and water filters to a total of 1,000 displaced families in Al-Mutoon, Al-Hazm, Al-Khalaq, Al-Ghail and Al-Masloob districts.

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AQAP, Houthis clash in Ibb

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Yemen Times

Ali Saeed (author)

SANA’A, Oct. 21—The Houthis’ expansion in Ibb governorate is being challenged by alleged members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), supported by local armed tribesmen, who engaged in clashes throughout the last week in different areas of Ibb, two local journalists told the Yemen Times.

As of Wednesday evening, AQAP militants were still in control of Al-Odain district and warned residents from dealing with the Houthis, Rashad Mufrih, general secretary of Al-Odain district, told the Yemen Times.

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Protecting the emblems that protect lives

Amid the violence that has engulfed Yemen during the past six months, the ICRC has managed to respond to the growing needs of the victims. However, more must be done to ensure that medical personnel and facilities are spared the effects of the fighting.